Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has promised to increase the prize money at the 2018 edition of the ITTF Nigeria Open.
Ambode was present on Sunday at the finals of the men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles which took place at the Molade Thomas-Okoya Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Speaking after the trophy presentation, Governor Ambode promised to increase the prize money from next edition which he believes would attract more players to honour the competition.
“Government has to support sports thoroughly in every way they can. You can see the level of skills portrayed by the Egyptians. If you are saying you are the giant of Africa then you have to prove it in all ramifications,” he said.
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“I believe government need to spend more time and money in developing sports in the country.”
“I am going to step up the prize money to attract more players to the competition, more countries etc.”He revealed.
“Lagos is the destination for sports in Africa and that’s the only way we have to go. “
The prize money for the 2017 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open was $42,000.